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Planners review traffic projections

The Clarence Planning Board on Wednesday reviewed a traffic study aimed at projecting roadway needs in the town through 2025.

The study prepared by Nussbaumer & Clarke engineers will also be a guide for the board in making decisions on whether to recommend approval of future proposed subdivisions and other projects that could overtax roadways in Erie County's fastest growing town.

Robert Miller of Nussbaumer & Clarke said the firm developed a traffic model for Clarence based, in part, on research conducted by the Greater Buffalo Regional Transportation Council.

"Working with the Greater Buffalo Transportation Council and their demographic forecaster [the authors of the study projected traffic patterns] into the year 2025, allowing us to advance a plan," Miller told the Planning Board.

The study's authors made the projections in five-year segments. The traffic study was recommended in the town's 2015 Master Plan.

The Planning Board on Wednesday also tabled a request for preliminary concept approval of a proposed 41-unit patio home subdivision on 22 acres on the north side of Roll Road and west of Newhouse Road.

The project proposed by Cimato Enterprises would abut existing homes, prompting some of those prospective neighbors to request information about how the subdivision might affect local traffic and to express concerns about its proximity to neighboring homes and whether the new houses will be allowed to tap into the town's sanitary sewer system.

"How are all of these houses around me going to have sewers, and I don't have a sewer yet, and I pay $7,000 a year in taxes?" said Stephen Napierala of Roll Road.

Planning Board Chairwoman Patricia Powers tabled Cimato's request until the board had an opportunity to study and verify information in the plans for the project.

Meanwhile, Councilman Scott Bylewski alerted the Planning Board that the Town Board will hold its annual public hearing on revisions to the 2015 Master Plan on Wednesday.

He said the Town Board may consider reducing the annual building permits issued by the town. The current cap is 240.


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